Rev. John Mennell '87
2021 Mother's Day
Sharing Our Mothers' Stories
This Mother’s Day, the Notre Dame Alumni Association has compiled past We Are ND stories from women in the Notre Dame community who describe their experiences with motherhood, adoption and fostering; open up about hardships and triumphs; and share how they are empowering others to be the best they can be.
Ashley Kalinauskas '13 M.S.
Finding Solutions in Veterinary Healthcare
Alumna builds on thesis research to improve cancer outcomes in dogs.
Nate Alexander '17
Taking Flight to Save Lives
Alexander is the co-founder of the BLADE Medical Mobility Organ Procurement Program, offering helicopter transport services to aid in life-saving organ donations.
Katherine Gehl '88
Innovating to Break Political Gridlock
Alumna advocates for fairer democracy practices throughout the country
Rachel Svetanoff '15 M.S.
Empathy Drives Alumna in Global Health Adventures
Life experiences fuel alumna's drive to provide basic necessities to those without.
D.J. Reyes '79
Bringing Support and Treatment to Veterans in Need
Alum serves as an advocate for fellow veterans in Tampa's Veterans Treatment Court.
Patter Birsic '77
Improving Outcomes for Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis Patients
Alumna harnesses loss into action to serve patients facing pancreatic illnesses.
Bob Solis '84
Welcoming Children with Open Arms
Alum offers family to children orphaned by AIDS in South Africa
Kate Turner '12
Advancing Equity at the Intersection of Technology and Policy
Alumna devotes research to improving socio-technical systems — making anything from public transit to nuclear power more equitable.
John Gallo '83
Representing the Least Among Us
Alum spends his second act representing the poor and underserved as head of Legal Aid Chicago.
Kellen Lewis '09
Embracing Identity Through Art
Alum Kellen Lewis ’09 uses art to communicate his identity and create representation.
John Kouris '96
Keeping His Captain's Memory Alive
More than 20 years after Demetrius DuBose '93 was shot and killed by police, former teammate John Kouris '96 seeks to keep is memory alive in new documentary film.
Strengthening His Community Amid Crisis and Loss
Despite a devastating loss, Global Health alum uses his passion for service to strengthen his community.
Erin Clarke '08
Making Healthy Eating Accessible — and Delicious
Alumna uses platform to make healthy eating accessible, affordable, and delicious.
Tom Lillig '95
What’s Within You
Drive to break barriers motivates alum in nonprofit work to "unleash the potential of the human spirit."
Alex Sejdinaj '15
Using Code to Expand Educational and Career Opportunities
Alumna makes technology education more accessible at South Bend Code School.
Rudy Monterrosa '01 J.D.
Fighting for Asylum Seekers in the Legal System
Law School alum and adjunct professor practices immigration law and provides pro bono assistance to asylum seekers in Texas.
Jeanette Shakalli ’07
Making Math Education Fun and Accessible in Latin America
"I want people to continue to discover the beauty and the richness of mathematics. And in this way, we can improve math education in Panama and in the world.”
Dorene Dominguez '85
Dreaming to Uplift Underserved Students
Alum uplifts students in under-resourced schools in memory of her late father.
More Stories of the ND Family Doing Good
Be The Light: Volume 6
Members of the Notre Dame family continue to devote their talents, time, and resources to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and support the ill, at-risk, and vulnerable in numerous ways.
Paul ’80 and Cindy ’81 Stark
Changing the World, One Child at a Time
Husband and wife alums pursue their vocation through fostering and adoption.
ND Alumni Fighting to End the Global Pandemic
Be The Light: Volume 5
Members of the ND family continue to support and serve the ill and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Laura Spiegel '02
Redefining Support for Parents of Children with Chronic Illness
Alumna creates a virtual community for families of children with special health care needs.
ND Family Doing Good During The Pandemic
Be The Light: Volume 4
Be The Light: Sr. Katherine Seibert, M.D., ’67 M.S., ’73 PhD
Alumna continues using her gift to serve patients in need.
Forces for Good During The Global Pandemic
Be The Light: Volume 3
More stories of alumni, parents, and friends being forces for good during the global pandemic
More Stories of the ND Family Doing Good
Be The Light: Volume 2
More stories of alumni, parents, and friends rallying to help end the COVID-19 crisis
ND Family on the Front Lines During A Global Pandemic
Be The Light: Volume 1
Sharing stories of the Notre Dame family fighting against COVID-19
Michael Brennan '84
Providing a Welcome Refuge at the Border
Alum is committing his empty-nest years to serving refugees at the border.
Fabián Sánchez Matus ’15 LLM & Lorena Bazay Dulanto ’15 LLM
Building a Legal Movement for Human Rights
Husband and wife are fighting for human rights in the Mexican legal system